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Conference: Looking for the Psychosocial Impacts of Genomic Information

February 26, 8:30 am - February 27, 4:30 pm

The Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 10027

Days: February 26, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm and February 27, 2018, 8:30 am – 4 pm.

Speakers includePaul AppelbaumBarbara BieseckerCeleste Condit,  James EvansRachel GrobJada HamiltonSteven HeineJosephine JohnstonEric JuengstMatthew LebowitzRuth OttmanErik ParensScott RobertsMaya SabatelloMildred SolomonChristopher Wade, and Allison Werner-Lin.

For the last quarter century, researchers have been asking whether genomic information might have negative psychosocial effects. Anxiety, depression, disrupted relationships, and heightened stigmatization have all been posited as possible outcomes—but not consistently found.  At this conference, we will ask what accounts for the discrepancy between these hypothesized outcomes and the effects that have been documented in empirical studies. Are we asking the right questions? Using the right tools? Looking in the right places? Or was the expectation of large, negative psychosocial impacts of genomic information overblown to begin with? Either way, where does research into the ethical and psychosocial implications of genomic medicine go from here?

The conference is free to attend, but registration is required.  Register here by February 12th, 2018. Access the conference flyer here.

The conference organizers will offer stipends to cover travel and lodging for a limited number of early career scholars.  If you would like to be considered for this stipend, please indicate on your registration and include one paragraph explaining your work and interests in attending the conference.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before January 8th, 2018.

Hosted by the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic, and Behavioral Genetics, a collaborative project of Columbia University Medical Center and The Hastings Center.


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